Might as well post this one too even though i think you guys get bored with these build threads. Got a note from a longtime friend that he wanted a guitar built by me. He had no real direction other than it had to be super light as he has back problems (he's also retired) and it had to be smaller scale because of the size of his arms and hands. He is a Beatles fan, so I suggested something along the lines of John's 58 Ric 325 which came from the factory with a 21" scale length. He thought this was a great idea but he is still waffling about certain aspects, like two or three pickups (I guess John Lennon disconnected the middle one anyway). For lightweight guitars, you can't beat paulownia. However, it's difficult to find in the USA for some reason. There's a bunch of the Chinese kits utilizing it, just very few outlets here willing to sell blank-sized chunks. I finally found someone on one of the FaceBook luthier groups (facebook is handy sometimes) who had a source that wasn't advertised local to him. He offered to go get some and glue it to guitar sized blanks for me. I bought two off him. One of the aspects of this build is that the semi-hollowness changes. This means he wanted a soundhole like the bigger Rics have.. but then changed his mind.. and then.. So I'm resolved to putting something like a maple top on this, I'll need to hide the neck tenon anyway. There was a guy that had done a few 325 builds on one of the guitar forums (found through google) but when I contacted him he was very unhelpful, claiming to have nothing to do with them any more. I'm thinking since it showed up on google for me, it did the same for John Hall. It was pretty hard to find a drawing of the body. I finally found this one. I found spec and the body is 12 1/2" wide, so I sized it in photoshop, saved it as a PDF and then poster-printed it so I could cut it out and tape it together. Only four sheets of paper for this one. Then I tape it to the wood and use a magic marker for the outline. Not very arty but when I'm bandsawing, if I see black I know I'm OK. This stuff is a breeze to cut out. I guess you can tell it's a fast growing tree yeah? I've got the neck blank ordered. I already had a Stew-Mac 24.6 slotted board laying around. They come with 24 fret slots. I cut off the top three, leaving 21 frets and giving me a scale length of around 20.8 which I think will be close enough. Still haven't picked out a top wood yet.